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Downtown Aquarium- Denver

Trainer I

This is a unique position that requires applicants to be keepers, trainers, educators, and performers all wrapped in to one.  A day in the life might include preparing our Sumatran Tiger exhibit for opening, leading story time for toddlers, walking a porcupine through our exhibits, doing an otter training session for a behind the scenes tour, presenting a binturong for a corporate event, sifting sand on our shorebird exhibit, training a serval how to jump on stage, blowing bubbles for a sloth, and prepping diets for the collection. 


This position involves training, presentation, and husbandry of all mammals, birds and program animals in the collection. Currently the collection includes, but is not limited to, Sumatran tigers, North American river otters, exhibit birds, African serval, African crested porcupine, binturong, two toed sloth, and a variety of reptiles. Trainer I’s participate in proper care of the animal collection, including environmental requirements, nutrition, the maintenance and appearance of all exhibits and holding areas, enrichment, formal and informal public presentations, and record keeping. Applicant must be highly motivated and be willing to work flexible hours, which will include nights, weekends, and holidays.


Subject to possibility of bites.  Work in water, both man- made and natural.  Heavy lifting (50 pounds or more), walking and working within a wet environment.  Outdoor work on occasion, under variety of conditions: cold weather, hot weather, rain, mud, and dry land.  Work with large carnivores – in a protected contact environment.  EOE



Experience Required

POSITION REQUIREMENTS: College degree in Biology, Zoology, Animal Science or related field and 1-3 years paid training experience with focus on operant conditioning or a combination of previous that provide the required education and experience. Applicant MUST be able to demonstrate experience in accepted husbandry skills including; small mammal handling/transport, small mammal presentation skills, large carnivore shifting experience, informal and formal presentation abilities, developing behavioral and environmental enrichment. Must be highly organized, incredibly self-motivated, creative, team-oriented, with a strong desire to see completion of projects. Certified SCUBA diver preferable, must be a swimmer and must be able to become a certified diver in 90 days. Must have valid drivers license and reliable transportation.

How to Apply

Please send resume, cover letter and 3 references via email only to: LynnLee Schmidt by 3/1/2017

Downtown Aquarium- Denver
700 Water St
Denver, CO 80211
Phone: 303-561-4450

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